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Reversing Type 2 Diabetes

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The strongest evidence we have at the moment suggests that type 2 diabetes is mainly put into remission by weight loss. Remission is more likely if you lose weight as soon as possible after your diabetes diagnosis. However, we do know of people who have put their diabetes into remission 25 years after diagnosis.

If you have obesity, your diabetes is more likely to go into remission if you lose a substantial amount of weight – 15kg (or 2 stone 5lbs) – as quickly and safely as possible following diagnosis.

It’s important to know that not everyone who loses this much weight will be able to put their diabetes into remission. But losing 15kg comes with a lot of health benefits, even if you don’t lead to remission. Research shows that getting support to lose just 5% of your body weight can have huge benefits for your health.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is it possible to reverse type 2 diabetes completely?

While complete reversal may not always be achievable, many individuals can significantly improve their condition through lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, healthy eating, and regular exercise.

What role does weight loss play in reversing type 2 diabetes?

Weight loss can help improve insulin sensitivity, making it easier for the body to regulate blood sugar. Even modest weight loss can have a positive impact on diabetes management.

Are there specific diets that can aid in reversing type 2 diabetes?

Diets that focus on low-carbohydrate and high-fiber foods, such as the Mediterranean diet or low-carb diets, have shown promise in managing and potentially reversing type 2 diabetes.

How long does it take to see improvements in blood sugar levels when trying to reverse type 2 diabetes?

The timeline for improvement varies from person to person, but some individuals may experience positive changes in blood sugar levels within weeks or months of adopting healthier habits.

Should I stop taking diabetes medications when attempting to reverse type 2 diabetes?

It’s crucial to consult with a healthcare provider before making any changes to medication. They can guide you on medication adjustments based on your progress.
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